Court Rules Illinois Prosecutor’s Vigilante Police Force Illegal

Former LaSalle County prosecutor Brian Towne formed a police force separate from the county’s police force called the State’s Attorney Felony Enforcement which was tasked with drug interdiction along interstate highways

LaSalle County prosecutor Brian Towne. (Photo: Scott Anderson)

The Illinois Supreme Court vacated a woman’s drug-trafficking conviction, ruling that a police unit operated by an Illinois county state’s attorney’s office, independent from the county’s regular police force, had no authority to make traffic stops. In 2011, former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne formed a police force separate from

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Chicago PD Faces Lawsuit Over Secretive ‘Predictive Policing’ Program

“We have learned too many times that a lack of transparency into the Chicago Police Department leads to unconstitutional policing and violations of civil rights.”

Police using 'Public Eye' surveillance software.

Published in parntership with Shadowproof. Journalists in Chicago sued the city’s police department for refusing to release records that may reveal how officers produce computerized predictions on who will likely engage in gun violence. The project is known as the “heat list” or the Strategic Subject List. It depends upon a secret algorithm

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Alleged Chicago Assault Reignites Issue Of Hate Crimes Against Whites

As Chicago authorities waited before filing hate-crime charges against four young adult blacks for an alleged attack on a white disabled man, the Internet raged.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, on the hate crime and other charges filed against four individuals for an attack on a man that was captured on a Facebook video. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

(ANALYSIS) --- The meaning and enforcement of the Illinois hate-crimes statute seems destined for intense scrutiny with the arrest this week of four young black adults in Chicago in connection with the assault of a mentally disabled white man. The arrests by the Chicago Police Department resulted in part from what appeared to a livestreamed video

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Teacher Fired For Stepping On American Flag During Free Speech Lesson

The Downstate school board voted to dismiss the teacher over the incident in May.

A teacher in eastern Illinois has been fired for stepping on a small U.S. flag during a lesson on free speech. The Martinsville School District board voted 6-0 to fire English teacher Jordan Parmenter. Martinsville is about 80 miles southeast of Champaign near the Indiana state line. The district had placed Parmenter on leave after the May 15

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Illinois Passes Anti-BDS Bill

With Governor Rauner’s signature, Illinois will become the first state to legislate against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

Activists carried out some actions in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement which targets Israeli apartheid. Chicago, Illinois – The Illinois State House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill which will prevent the state’s pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Illinois

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In Illinois, Flames And Clouds Of Smoke Signal Yet Another ‘Bomb Train’ Disaster

Derailment in Illinois near the Mississippi River affirms predictions that continued addiction to fossil fuels will be accompanied by dangers at every turn

train derailment

Smoke and flames erupt from the scene of a train derailment Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser.  AP Photo In yet the latest fiery example

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